Riga, Latvia Feb. 13
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
Latvia is ready to develop closer cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of education, Minister of Education and Science of Latvia Marite Seile said on the sidelines of the Second Eastern Partnership Youth Forum held in Riga February 10-11.
She told Trend that in particular, there is interest in developing cooperation between universities of the two countries and holding joint university forums.
"Moreover, Latvia is interested in intensifying the cooperation in education with other member-states of the EU Eastern Partnership program," she said.
She said that the cooperation between the state and private sectors will take priority on the agenda as part of Latvia's presidency in the EU Council.
"We can help our young people to be successful by sharing experience and searching for new solutions to empower the younger generation," the minister said.
Eastern Partnership is an EU project. Its main goal is to develop the EU integration relations with Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia and Belarus.
More than 240 young people including youth workers, educators, representatives of governmental institutions, entrepreneurs, researchers and other experts from 27 countries worked together at the 2nd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum in Riga. The forum aimed to develop innovative solutions for reducing youth unemployment by boosting cross-sectoral cooperation at a local, national and international level.
Participants of the forum generated new solutions to the youth unemployment problem and analysed opportunities to adapt various existing mobility and international cooperation programs in order to boost employability of young people. Innovative youth work best practice examples were exchanged, and participants elaborated on youth policy recommendations that are going to be presented also at the Eastern Partnership Summit taking place in Riga on May 21-22.
The 2nd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum took place within the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the platform of the Eastern Partnership of the European Commission "Contacts Between People".
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